Category: NBA

Former Bradley Basketball and NBA star Anthony Parker was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame Monday evening at half-time of the Bradley-UTPA basketball game. Parker played in one of the two previous on-campus games as a freshman, helping the Braves to an 81-63 victory versus Illinois Wesleyan Dec. 1, 1993 at Robertson Memorial Field House. The 1996 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, when he led the Braves to the MVC regular-season title and an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, Parker was a 3-time All-MVC performer during his time on The Hilltop and he remains the ninth-leading scorer in program history with 1,683 career points. Parker was the 21st overall selection in the 1997 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets and he enjoyed a 16-year professional playing career. Following three injury-plagued seasons in the NBA, Parker took his game overseas and became a star with Maccabi Tel Aviv, helping the team to five Israeli Premier League championships from 2001-06, as well as five Israeli Cups and three Euroleague titles (2001, 2004 and 2005). A two-time Euroleague MVP, Parker was named one of the top 50 players in the 2007-08 celebration of 50 years of European Club basketball. He returned to the NBA in 2006 by signing a free agent contract with the Toronto Raptors and he had been one of the league’s most-accurate 3-point shooters the last six seasons. In total, Parker played in 494 NBA games, including 423 starts, averaging 9.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27.8 minutes per game. He drained 40.4 percent (596-1,474) of his career 3-point field goal attempts and he scored 4,717 regular-season and playoff points. In addition to his statistical numbers, Parker won the Atlantic Division’s 2007 NBA Sportsmanship Award in a league-wide vote of players. He played the final three seasons in his 9-year NBA career for the Cleveland Cavaliers, teaming with LeBron James for the NBA’s best regular-season record in 2009-10.

-Bob

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